Aldous Huxley - Between the Wars: Essays and Letters

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Aldous Huxley had left England by 1923 and was living a balmy exile in Florence, Paris, and the Cote d'Azur. Already a literary success at home, his image―from today's vantage point―was that of an aloof and detached highbrow whose sole concern was to satirize the emotional and intellectual failings of British life. Yet as these newly published letters and essays show, Huxley was drawn to the social and political upheavals of this period between the wars, made frequent visits to England to investigate them, and wrote trenchantly about them. His firsthand experience with Mussolini's fascism and with victims of Nazi oppression led him to renounce authoritarianism and to champion the plight of ordinary men and women. Between the Wars, skillfully edited and introduced by David Bradshaw, contains essays on art and literature, letters to H. L. Mencken, pieces from the early thirties lamenting the behavior of the masses and supporting elite rule, and writings from the late thirties that reveal Huxley's growing disaffection with the direction of European politics. In this centennial year of Aldous Huxley's birth, Between the Wars enhances his stature as one of the giants of modern English prose and of social commentary in our time.

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Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), one of the most important novelists of the twentieth century, also wrote biography, essays, and criticism. Other Huxley volumes published by Ivan R. Dee include Collected Short Stories and Ape and Essence. David Bradshaw is a fellow at Oxford University and is at work on a major biography of Aldous Huxley.

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One commonly held image of Aldous Huxley is that of an arrogant aesthete living in Italy, engaged in the business from the 1920's and 1930's, however, a considerably different and more sympathetic portrait of the writer emerges. This copiously researched effort shows Huxley undergoing a sea change as editor David Bradshaw traces a shift in Huxley's political beliefs. His concern for England's unemployment problem and the effect it had on the working class becomes apparent, as is the fact that Huxley was at times torn between a progressive stance and acceptance of autocratic rule as an answer to the chaos of pre-World War II Europe. Once Hitler took center stage, Huxley never again contemplated the thought of a dictatorship as the answer to society's woes. Bradshaw's study provides a new perspective on a significant twentieth-century writer and on issues that were of concern to both Britain's and America's literary communities during this period between the wars. (Booklist)

This gathering of Huxley's neglected essays and broadcasts from the 1930s dispels the image of him as an aloof highbrow and reveals the range of his social and political commitments. . . .Skillfully edited by Oxford fellow Bradshaw, these 28 selections give us several disparate Huxleys—the supporter of eugenics and compulsory sterilization of mental defectives, the critic of unregulated technological progress, the shred analyst of the mass psychology of fascism, the disciple of H.L. Mencken. (Publishers Weekly)

A journalistic miscellany...his keen perception comes through with unique immediacy and polymathic wit. (Kirkus)

For the centenary of Huxley's birth this year, editor Bradshaw, a fellow at Oxford University and biographer of Huxley, has assembled 28 previously uncollected articles published during the interwar years. Although Huxley is now primarily known as a detached satirist of human society and its conventions, thanks to novels such as Brave New World and Crome Yellow, Bradshaw argues that he was far more politically aware and sympathetic than his currently available work would indicate. (Library Journal)

This book deserves additional recommendation as a fine literary collection of essays and letters which focuses on life between the wars. These reveal the evolution of the author in a period of time when he moved to an appreciation of common people. David Bradshaw does a fine job of editing letters to make for a smooth, uniform set of impressions. (Bookwatch)

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